After a great deal of build up including a closed field test last month, Niantic Labs’s augmented reality Pokemon GO app is now available in North America via both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. You can click one of the preceeding links to get downloading it right now, actually!
Today’s rollout has not been without its problems. First Android users needed to jump through a few hoops to get the app working on U.S. phones, and iOS users have been waiting until pretty much just as of this writing for it to go live on iOS. Also, the servers are presently taking a pounding, so while it may seem appealing to download and load up the app right this very second, you may want to exercise a bit of patience! And keep your expectations measured as — like with many freshly released apps — there isn’t a whole lot of content available for it yet.
Still, if you have long dreamed of staring into your smartphone’s camera view to find the Uncanny Valley gazing right back at you, your moment has come. But please observe all local safety laws before running out into the nearest field or random building, as this Australian law enforcement agency has already had to advise players:
[While] the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokestop, please be advised that you don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs.
It’s also a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street. That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast.
Stay safe and catch ’em all!
What a world, what a world.
If you’re interested in reading more about Pokemon GO and how it works before diving in, you might like our cool as heck preview coverage!